Ed Smith is a principal of Holbrook Peterson Smith PLLC, a Knoxville law firm whose practice is devoted to estate planning; representing fiduciaries and beneficiaries in probate and trust administration, interpretation and litigation; asset protection strategies; business succession planning; Federal and state tax planning and audits, including Tennessee gift and inheritance taxes; charitable planning; and representing nonprofits.
Ed is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for trusts and estates and is a Fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, serving on the Fiduciary Litigation Committee. Ed is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association Estate Planning and Probate Section, served on the Section’s Executive Council 2005-2010, and was the Section Chair 2007-2008. Ed is a member of the Knoxville Bar Association (Functions Committee), the Knoxville Estate Planning Council (Board of Directors 2006-), and the Tennessee Probate Study Group, a panel responsible for reviewing and drafting proposed state laws regarding estates, trusts, property, and inheritance, including related tax laws.
Ed writes a regular estate planning column called “Where There’s A Will” in the Tennessee Bar Journal and has authored other articles on estate planning and charitable giving in the Tennessee Bar Journal, Dicta (Knoxville Bar Association), and the Tennessee CPA Journal.
Ed received a B.A. in Economics from Virginia Tech (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), an M.A. in Religion from Lipscomb University in Nashville, and a J.D. from The University of Tennessee College of Law (summa cum laude, Order of the Coif). Ed served two years on U.S. Army active duty.
Ed speaks to both professional and lay groups on estate planning and related topics, and volunteers his time to counsel and speak on behalf of charities.
Ed has been married to the same woman since 1988 and has three nearly perfect children.